Illinois Nature Preserves System 60th Anniversary

2023 is the 60th anniversary of the Illinois Nature Preserves System! Join us in celebrating nature preserves and the people that care about them.

Start by reading about the history of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, as written by former INPC program coordinator Karen Ackerman Witter. This is a five-part series that will highlight the history and accomplishments of INPS.

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The Wild Things 2023 Conference invites nature enthusiasts from across Illinois and beyond to learn about the flora, fauna, and natural history of the Prairie State and will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Illinois Nature Preserves.

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Illinois Nature Preserves System in 2023, the INPC is highlighting 60 protected sites with beautiful images and information about the history and ecology of these sites. Check out the StoryMaps below to view the featured sites each month.

INPC 2023 Complete StoryMap — Check back as new stories are added each month!

January 2023 — Sites 1-5

February 2023 — Sites 6-10

March 2023 — Sites 11-15

April 2023 — Sites 16-20

May 2023 — Sites 21-25

June 2023 — Sites 26-30

July 2023 — Sites 31-35

August 2023 — Sites 36-40